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Lot #    12600
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 12:05:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Die Geschichten um Mendel Rosenbusch
Title (Hebrew)    erzählungen für Jüdische Kinder
Author    [Only Ed.] Ilse Herlinger
City    Mährisch-Ostrau C.S.R.
Publisher    Dr. R. Färber
Publication Date    [1929]
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 78, [4] pp., 219:171 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original boards.
   A book of children's stories where each story had a moral to it , designed to teach children how to behave properly. The little morals were things like: 'Don't lie,' 'Wash yourself,' 'Help people,' 'Be compassionate,' etc.

The author, Ilse Herlinger, is also known as Ilse Weber (1903-1944). Not much is known about this talented author of children's stories. She was born in 1903 and she wrote three books between the years 1927-1929. She married in 1930 to Willi Weber, she had two sons, one born in 1931, the other in 1934. The older son, Hanus, was sent to live in Sweden with friends in 1939; the rest of the family, unfortunately, was not as lucky. Weber, her husband and youngest son did not make it out of Czechoslovakia and were sent to Theresienstadt in 1942.

All three were shipped to Auschwitz in 1944. The mother and the younger brother were gassed. The father was put in a slave labor camp and he survived barely. He was deathly sick but did survive and came back to Prague. He was reunited with Hanus and lived another 30 years.

While at Theresienstadt she is reported to have recited her poetry at night to entertain other people and to play a guitar. While thousands died at Theresienstadt from starvation and disease, and thousands more were deported and killed at extermination camps, amid it all, Weber found the strength to create and to care for others - a memorial at the camp today details her work there as its head children's nurse.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Children’s Literature:    Checked
Other:    Holocaust
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica